ST. JOHN and ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands, and ORONO Harold “Hal” William Borns III passed away Oct. 4, 2007, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born June 3, 1954, in Medford, Mass., loving son of Dr. Harold W. Borns Jr. and Phyllis K. Borns, both of Orono. A resident of the U.S. Virgin Islands for the past 20 years, Hal always possessed a zest for living with a love of sailing, traveling, and adventure. Hal offered an open heart to all and welcomed and befriended many people who became “family.” He was an animal lover and protector. Among his other many hobbies and interests were photography, creative arts, downhill skiing with his family, and gourmet food. Hal grew up in Orono and graduated from Orono High School, Class of 1972. At Tufts University, he majored in geology and computer science. He graduated in 1976, becoming a third generation alumnus of Tufts. While at Tufts, he accompanied his father, now a professor emeritus of glacial and quaternary geology at the University of Maine, on a research expedition to Antarctica. For his work there, U.S. Congress awarded him an Antarctic Service Medal. He was always an adventurer, participating in Boy Scout activities with Orono’s Troop 47, going to the National Boy Scout Philmont Ranch, Cimarron, N.M., and a Grand Lake Matagamon Wilderness Camp trip. Hal pursued a career consulting in the transportation and computer industries until 1984, when he started his own consulting and publishing business. He married Anne Delaney Rico in 1986. They settled in Marblehead, Mass., before relocating to the Virgin Islands in 1987. Through their 21 years together, they outlasted forces both natural and manmade, including the devastating Hurricane Marilyn, the fickle nature of tourism, and good times and bad, maintaining a sense of humor throughout. Above all, Hal was a man who gave all he could to everything he could. In adopting the Virgin Islands as his home, Hal and his wife, Anne, opened two bed and breakfasts, Villa Fairview and Admirals Inn, St. Thomas. In 1995, he opened the Internet design firm of Virtual Virgin Islands. In 2001, he launched into real estate with Calypso Realty and St. John Properties, and more recently became a co-owner of Coral Beach Realty. He also operated Admiralty Yacht Vacations and many other ventures. In addition to his wife and his parents, he is survived by his daughter, Alexandra; his sister, Donna Moore and her husband, Kenneth; daughters, Kelly and Kirsten of Limerick, Pa.; his uncle, Donald K. Kuehl of Manchester, Conn.; and many loved ones. He was predeceased by his grandparents, A. Alexander Kuehl and Ella F. Kuehl, and Harold W. Borns Sr. and Olive Blanche Borns; and an aunt, Carol E. Kuehl. The family expresses their gratitude to one and all for their assistance and comfort through this challenging time. Visiting hours with the family will be 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at Gathering Place, Church of Universal Fellowship. A memorial service in celebration of the life of Hal Borns III will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Church of Universal Fellowship, 82 Main St., Orono, with the Rev. Lorna Stuart officiating. In recognition of Hal’s love of life in the Caribbean, those attending the service may wish to wear tropical clothing in his honor. In lieu of flowers, contributions to an educational fund for daughter, Alexandra Katrina Borns, may be sent to A.G. Edwards, P.O. Box 2369, Bangor, ME 04402-9910, made payable to Phyllis Borns for the benefit of Alexandra Borns.
HAROLD WILLIAM BORNS III
Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:16 p.m.